What Allows for Creativity to Flow?
Some people say creativity is just a natural gift that some have, which I do agree to an extent, while others may say it requires having the knowledge, then creativity flows because of that.
Personally, I’ve experienced both ways in my life! There’s been times where I try random things and it just seems to work my way! – But there’s also been times where once I knew a certain technique, it allowed for even further creativity!
I feel that trying “random things” is not the best approach to be considered a “professional” in any industry.
In my recent years I have discovered that knowledge really is power. It opens up doors in your life, as well as gives you confidence in your personality (confidence without pride – just knowing that you are doing your job the proper way.)
Beginnings Are Wild, Clouded, and Random !
I can guarantee when you were first introduced to FL Studio, or what ever music program you use, your first few weeks were nothing but random clicks, and tons of YouTube tutorials. (If you are privileged to live in the generation of learning from YouTube.)
In these times, you didn’t even know how to open up a VST, what the difference between an .MP3 to a .WAV file were, or that a USB cable does the exact same thing as a MIDI Cable, as well as sends audio down the same cable!
If I’ve lost you already, we’re just getting started. I am wanting to talk about what I think creativity is, and how to unleash it; not only as a producer, but in your daily life as well.
Jesus is my Foundation,
Without Jesus, I would not have the motivation like I have today.
With that said, my outlook on life has drastically changed in the past few years – and Beatstruggles has been a huge part of it. (Opening my eyes to how life works, different forms of business, relationships, striving for nothing but the highest quality in my products etc.)
But after about 3-4 years into audio production, I wanted to know more.
I didn’t feel I was “stuck”, or having “producer block”, I just simply wanted to know the audio industry inside and out. Back to the beginning of the post – knowledge is power.
Let me ask you this question:
Would you know how to hook up a patchbay, or hardware effects processors such as compressors, EQs, and preamps? – And be able to route them through each other, and back into your DAW?
My personal answer to these questions is currently no. (Sept. 21, 2014.)
I feel I’ve missed out on so much information about the audio world because of when I was born, as well as getting into audio production later in life. If I want to grow as a producer, I need to read to learn what different tools do, different techniques, or just how things works. (What’s ADAT, or a Word Clock?)
Which now leads us to creativity in audio production – however, this does relate to everything that you do in life.
Letting Creativity Flow – With Knowledge
Now as I said in the beginning – some people do have a gift of just natural creativity. And that’s wonderful! (That’s also what makes other people work harder because they aren’t as naturally talented, therefore they work twice as hard to get where they want to be!)
But how can you be fully creative if you don’t know techniques such as parallel compression, subgroups, or even tricks like using a gate on vocal tracks to silence the computer fan in your recording?
You see, knowledge is larger than creativity, because without knowing certain ways of doing things, how can you branch out and “attempt” your own approach?
However – without creativity.. you’re either just copying, or always feel you have producer block.
If you have ever read the book “Ecclesiastes” in the Bible, you know King Solomon said,
2 A time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plant, and a time to pluck up that which is planted;
3 A time to kill, and a time to heal; a time to break down, and a time to build up;
4 A time to weep, and a time to laugh; a time to mourn, and a time to dance;
5 A time to cast away stones, and a time to gather stones together; a time to embrace, and a time to refrain from embracing;
6 A time to get, and a time to lose; a time to keep, and a time to cast away;
7 A time to rend, and a time to sew; a time to keep silence, and a time to speak;
8 A time to love, and a time to hate; a time of war, and a time of peace….”
And as a producer:
— This process will loop through your ups and downs.
How Can One Be Creative without Knowledge?
So as you read in this write-up, I am leaning more toward knowledge is a must to be excellent in your craft, and let creativity flow.
Don’t get me wrong – creativity is by far your most powerful tool, but even then, you sometimes have to learn to be creative.
How can you do something cool with an effect such as a gate, if you don’t know anything about automation?
So that’s my thoughts!
Do you feel your lack of creativity is just because of your lack of knowledge?
How do you feel knowledge relates to the flow of creativity? – Share with me in the comments! – I’d love to hear your words on the topic.